Questions tagged [close-reasons]

Concerning the pre-defined, site-specific reasons for closure in the off-topic section of the closure dialogue.

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Why should somebody consult an online translation service before asking here?

Community recently downvoted and closed this question as off topic: How do you say "He was looking for you" in German? The given canned close reason "requests for proofreading, spell ...
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What is wrong with closing a question as a dupe?

Increasingly we hear complaints about closing a question as a dupe to another question. Sometimes much effort is put in editing a question to make it look different but this not always results in an ...
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Let’s change “general references” to “databases”

Proposal In help texts, close reasons, and similar, replace general reference with database. If space permits, elaborate that database means dictionary, thesaurus, conjugation tables, or similar. ...
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What does an opinion based big list question need to be accepted? [closed]

This question arose from the following question on main: What are the preeminent German newspapers? It appears to be an interesting question that will definitely help learners to practise their ...
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Showing various close reasons for closed questions

TL;DR I can remember having seen a closed question with two reasons listed below it. Not sure if it was on GL or some other SE site. I don't even know where to look for that now. Q: Is this feature ...
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Wann soll ich welchen Schließgrund bei Fragen nach Übersetzungen, Bedeutungen u. Ä. verwenden?

Deutsch Auf Meta gibt es einige Diskussionen darüber, wann Fragen nach Übersetzungen, Bedeutungen, Unterschieden o. Ä. auf dieser Seite willkommen sind und wann sie geschlossen werden sollen. Was ist ...
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What is a phrase-request and when do we accept it as on topic?

We have quite a clear opinion on when to allow a translation request: How do I ask good, on-topic questions for translations or about differences? There is consent that we do not allow peer reviews ...
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Proposal: Close reason for translation questions that require expertise of a language other than German

In the last 90 days, a custom off-topic close reason along the lines of the following was used ten times (raw data for 2 k users): I’m voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about ...
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These are our new custom close reasons

From a recent proposal it was clear, that we accepted to have new custom close reasons replacing our existing custom close reason. To go live we need your vote, your suggestions, and your critique on ...
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Let's add German explanations to our help center

In a recent discussion about our close reasons, it was proposed to add a German explanation. While a basic knowledge of English is required to handle the SE user interface, it is debatable whether ...
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Let’s take another approach to close reasons

Ranty introduction In the last year, I made several attempts to sanitise our close reasons or capture some common denominator as to when we close questions, in particular regarding which questions ...
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What kind of questions have to indicate prior research?

I ask this question to have a clear consensus about this, stemming from the current opinion of the community (and not something discussed during site planning on Area 51 or alongside another ...
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Let's abolish “general reference” for grammar

Quoting the help center: If your question could be answered by a dictionary, a grammar book, or another general reference, consult these. Explain why this did not help you when asking your ...
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Should we be less picky on questions that we close as off topic?

From our help section we say that a question is off topic if (amongst others): If your question could be answered by a dictionary, a grammar book, or another general reference, consult these. ...
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Are questions on the pronunciation of single words on topic?

We do allow questions on pronunciation as this can at times be rather difficult for learners and occasionally even for natives. However there are some questions asking for the pronunciation of a ...
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“Research effort” revisited

From previous discussions, and from entries in our help section we now increasingly close questions that do not show enough research effort. This leads to confusion and frustration of new users who ...
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Please put more love into close reasons

Whenever we close questions we feel to be off topic we can choose other for a custom wording: Choose short but meaningful words to help the OP to improve their question. Dots only as shown above ...
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When to close as “off topic”, when to close as “unclear what you are asking”?

After recent discussions on the topicness of translation requests or questions about difference in meanings Rewording the on-topic help section When is a translation request to German off-topic? How ...
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Close reasons for this question?

"Oh god, what a question...", I thought, but then realized it's not that simple (even if not meant that way): The question is not: "What's 'im'?" The question is: "When do you use 'im' and when do ...
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How to deal with “Google Translate says … but it doesn't make sense.”?

I can understand the use of automatic translators to some extent. But, for instance, take a look at this question – whose original form stated the following "I knew that da was meaning there, but ...
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How to handle typos that are significant in respect to why the question came up?

There's recently being a question on our main site which was excessively edited back and forth. The issue was an obvious typo: "now a days" instead of "nowadays". While I approve editing typos, I ...
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Off Topic - Prior research, why only translation requests?

Just by looking at this question one can see, that a great part of it can be answered by a small google search and some intensive thinking. Is there an etymological connection between these two ...
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Rewording the on-topic help section

In the light of recent confusion about what is on-topic here, I'd like to have the on-topic help section reworded. Currently our on-topic site contains a very generic and way too unspecific text: ...
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How do I ask good, on-topic questions about meaning, translations, or differences?

What can I do to ensure that my question on the meaning or translation of a word or phrase or the difference between two words is on-topic and attracts good and useful answers? This is a FAQ to help ...
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Do we need additional close reasons?

There have been rather many questions lately that ask for differences between words or phrases and which should be easily solvable with a dictionary or a similar resource and therefore do not require ...
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Close Reasons: Too Localized?

In this question @OregonGhost mentioned, that the question is "too localized / too specific" meaning it will most likely not carry any significance to anyone else visiting this site. When voting to ...
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Hey… Is this General Reference?

Since recently there have been some discussions and two meta posts about the General Reference reason, although it was called differently, I decided to post this scheme taken by the blog post "Are ...
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Can A Dictionary Definition be “Insufficient” if There Are Reasonable Grounds for Confusion?

Recently, someone noted that a German-sounding word, "smuck, had a highly pejorative meaning in English, and asked if the word had similar connotations in German? What does "Schmuck" mean ...